July 24, 2013 20:28

Parole denial for Pussy Riot member upheld

Maria Alyokhina will continue to serve her two year sentence in a prison colony

Parole denial for Pussy Riot member upheld

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The parole denial for Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been upheld after a recent appeal.

Alyokhina went on hunger strike for 11 days after being denied permission to attend her initial parole hearing, claiming her fundamental rights were violated. She spoke to NME exclusively from prison via videophone about her strike and revealed that she will not try and flee Russia when she is released. Click here to watch the video.

Earlier today (July 24), an appeals court in Perm looked at Alyokhina's appeal against the decision to deny her parole, which was made two months ago. The decision was upheld, with Alyokhina having to serve the whole two years to which she's been sentenced, writes Hollywood Reporter.

Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are currently serving two year sentences for breach of public order motivated by religious hatred. The sentences were handed to them in August 2012 after the band performed their now infamous 'punk prayer' protest against President Vladimir Putin at the Cathedral of Christ The Savior in Moscow in February 2012. They are currently serving out their time in a prison colony in Russia's central Urals region

Renowned figures in the music and film industries have pledged their support to Pussy Riot with the likes of Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney both appealing to Putin to secure their release. A third member of the group, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also imprisoned but had her sentence suspended in October of last year.

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